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by artid , October 10, 2006—12:00 AM
When Bob Pejman, owner of Pejman Editions, was alerted to the fact that a website was selling illegally reproduced versions of his artwork, he decided to take matters into his own hands--and succeeded in having those products "taken down" from the site.
Using tools available on the Web, he ascertained the name of the owner of the website in question and also that of the ISP hosting the site. (Those tools are dnstools.com.) He then invoked the powers of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) under which, if an ISP is aware that it is hosting a website containing counterfeit material it can be held liable. Mr. Pejman registers every piece of his art with the Copyright Office. (The process takes a few days and the fee is $30.) In a letter to the website owner, he requested the illegal goods be taken down, and he enclosed copies of the copyright registrations. He told the owner that if the goods were not taken down, he would go to the ISP. They were immediately removed.
"The traditional route would be to contact the owner of the business and threaten a lawsuit, and that would be costly," says Mr. Pejman. "That's where most publishers and artists give up." He likens his approach to that of alerting a landlord, in this case the ISP, to problems about a tenant, sic the website owner, as when French luxury retailer Louis Vuitton convinced several Canal Street landlords to crack down on tenants selling counterfeit goods.
The Internet tools Mr. Pejman used work like this: Go to the website dnstools. Check the box on the screen of the "Whois" (Domain Name) option in the menu. Enter the address of the website you want information on. This query provides the name of the website owner and of the ISP hosting that site.
A full discussion by Todd Bingham on Web Security and Copyright Infringement is also posted on Minds Island with kind permission from Ms. Seamark & Art World News.
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